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2014 Xperia Access Q Awards winners list

Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Kasabian amongst this year’s winners.

Ed Sheeran

The 2014 Xperia Access Q Awards took place today in London.

Winners included Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini and Kasabian. Johnny Marr was the recipient of the Gibson Les Paul Award

Matt Mason, senior editor of Q Magazine, said: “Today’s winners reflect the breadth and quality of modern music in Britain and beyond. From the soul voices of Paolo Nutini and Sam Smith, through the artistry and invention of Elbow and Jamie XX, to the feel-good, rock’n’roll power of Kasabian and Ed Sheeran’s ability to seduce the world with a guitar and some irresistible hooks, it’s been a thrilling 12 months in music.

“It is a real honour to recognise the careers of so many musicians that have really helped define modern music. To have musicians such as Pink Floyd and Jean Michel Jarre sitting alongside St Vincent and Richard Russell seems fitting to us as they all adhere to their own distinct vision. We’re also delighted to be able to honour artists such as Johnny Marr, Wilko Johnson and Simple Minds, who spent 2014 making music as exciting and vital as they did when they first emerged. Basically, that’s what Q magazine and the Xperia Access Q Awards are all about: an unquenchable thirst for great music.”

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The full list of winners is:

Q Best New Act presented by Xperia Access
Sam Smith

Q Maverick
St Vincent

Q Best Track presented by Absolute Radio
Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroën
Ed Sheeran

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Q Songwriter
Andy Partridge

Q Best Album presented by RAYMOND WEIL
Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Q Best Video
Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club

Q Hero
The Charlatans

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Q Outstanding Contribution To Music
XL Recordings, collected by Richard Russell

Q Inspiration
Simple Minds

Gibson Les Paul Award
Johnny Marr

Q Classic Album
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

Q Innovation In Sound presented by Xperia Access
Jean Michel Jarre

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Q Icon presented by Carling’s Black Label Project
Wilko Johnson

Q Idol
Culture Club

Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Buster + Punch

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